Bringing Out the Dead

Bringing Out the Dead

The way this movie looks- wow!! The camera movement is so delightfully energetic. I think that whip/dolly combo Scorsese and PTA love so much is one of my favorite types of shots. And the use of light here!!!! Phenomenal!!! Every scene is somewhere between a surgical examination and a fantasy. So glimmering, like everyone is either stepping into or out of heaven. Guarantee every alt-rock music video pitch through the early 2000s had at least four shots from this movie in it.

Couldn’t have cast a better lead than Nic Cage. His face is perfectly haunted, and the entire time you’re waiting for him to go nuts, it only feels miserable when he finally does. Love the depiction of medical emergency workers as people and not “heroes:” some are cruel, some are annoyed, many are broken. Discontent and replaceable as the least respected minimum wage workers, with the added burden of death. Sometimes that burden lands on a Ving Rhames (brilliant, genius, hilarious, underrated comedy king) sometimes it lands on a Tom Sizemore (real piece of shit, just awful, what your mom means when she says “we have Bradley Cooper at home”)

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